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My Roof Terrace

August 3, 2015

I don’t know about you, but I’ve noticed what fantastic weather we’re having this summer. One reason for noticing is that I literally spend a good chunk everyday on my roof terrace.

This isn’t the case every summer. Sometimes I’ve not even had one BBQ in a whole season. But when the weather is like this, you can make plans for al fresco eating, outside entertaining and generally topping up on Vitamin D. I also enjoy watching my neighbours make use of their outside spaces. The laughters and good times makes everyone happier and more relaxed and it’s felt throughout the area.

One big factor of buying my flat was the roof terrace and the view. When everything gets on top of me I come home and cocoon in my oasis. I thought I’ll share some images here so you can see where I hang out!

The terrace is an L-shape. You enter through my kitchen area into this:

my roof terrace | colourliving
Herb garden in an oil tin from Clifton Nurseries. Trees from a stall at Islington Farmers Market. Bird Bath and Buddha from Hayes Farm shop. Tables from Heals. Chairs: Philippe Starck Lord Yo bought from Aria. BBQ – similar from Weber. I covered the yellow railing with outdoor fabric from Sunbrella. I cannot recommend their outdoor fabrics enough. They are colour-fast and don’t fade with the sun and extremely durable! In fact it’s coming up to nearly 10 years and the colours have stayed the same. I had the seating built out of marine ply and the foam covered cushions are also made with Sunbrella fabric.

This is a side view to show the L-shape better.

my roof terrace | colourliving

Part of the roof. This side faces the street.

my roof terrace | colourliving

I’ve had many parasols over the years. Some funky ones, some pretty ones. In the end they were all badly manufactured and didn’t make the cut! I found this one in trusted John Lewis and I haven’t looked back. It’s sturdy, has a crank and just keeps its colour, even after 3 to 4 years. During the winter months I store it inside.

my roof terrace | colourliving

My outdoor urban jungle. A lot of thanks goes to Urban Jungle Bloggers. My appreciation of everything green has definitely changed since I joined this movement. It’s made me more aware, taught me lots of tricks and tips of how to care for my urban jungle and given me confidence that I can actually look after my plants. Thank you my friends!

my roof terrace | colourliving

My beloved kitsch fountain! The inlet metal pipe where the water flows through has snapped and I’m going to have to find someone to repair it. It’s one of those jobs you’re not quite sure who to call but I’m a woman on a mission and really miss the trickling of water. It might be too late for this summer but I’ll definitely get it working for next spring.

my roof terrace | colourliving

And part of the view….. yes, I appreciate it on a daily basis!

my roof terrace | colourliving

Unfortunately I’m not going away as I’m working on the next series of Mapology Guides. For now, I’ll blog only once a week on a Monday. I hope you’re all having a good time wherever you are in this world.  Thank you for hanging out with me on my roof terrace x

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  • Reply Alison sye August 4, 2015 at 8:30 am

    Beautiful Tina, enjoy the rest of the summer x

    • Reply tina August 9, 2015 at 5:24 pm

      Thank you sweet Alison xx

  • Reply Igor August 5, 2015 at 4:54 pm

    You lucky girl you!! With this super rooftop terrace you can properly enjoy these hot summer days. My apartment is boiling but on Friday I am off to Serbia for a week of family fun – so no fussing about the heat in my apartment:-) Happy summer days!!

    • Reply tina August 9, 2015 at 5:26 pm

      Ahem! Lucky indeed:-)
      Ha. Lucky you. I’m sure you ‘ll have an amazing time. These roof tops apartment of ours are
      unfortunately rather hot but this year it hasn’t been so bad. Fingers crossed.

  • Reply Holly August 11, 2015 at 9:29 pm

    Such a great space, and I’ve been lucky enough to enjoy it! Hope you get your fountain fixed soon 🙂


  • Reply Jocelyn August 16, 2015 at 6:31 pm

    Now that is ONE FINE rooftop terrace! I bet all your plants are super happy up there 🙂 Thank you for sharing it with us 🙂 xoxo

  • Reply Judith September 25, 2015 at 9:28 pm

    So good to read that UJB helped you to grow your plant confidence a bit! Your roof terrace looks great and that view is amazing. I hope you’ll get to enjoy it some more this weekend, as apparently there will be SUN! Enjoy! And good luck with the new Mapology Guides!!

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